Not long ago I was wondering if mobile phone photography would make digital cameras obsolete. Well, it looks like that time is may be fast approaching. Thanks to a slew of new mobile photography apps for Android, iPhone, Nokia and the like, as well as some serious storage upgrades, people are taking their mobile phones with them and leaving their DSLRs (digital single-lens cameras) at home.
According to Flickr, which is the most popular photo sharing site on the Internet with an estimated 51 million users, the most-used camera is the iPhone 4, followed closely by the Canon EOS. In terms of mobile phone use for photos, the most popular is the iPhone 4 (as mentioned above) followed by the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and the iPhone 4S. As you can see, Apple is definitely on top when it comes to mobile phone photography.
Flickr’s second-runner up is the Canon EOS. Canon EOS is, of course, a DSLR camera, and a good one. In fact, in mid-February there was a bump in popularity for the Canon EOS that caused it to temporarily overtake the iPhone 4. Why? Because there are still some die-hard professional photographers out there who love their cameras and will never give them up. So the takeover isn’t complete just yet. But seriously, it can only be a matter of time. The new mobile apps have so many features and take really high-quality pics. Also, a mobile phone is exactly that – mobile. You can put it in your pocket or purse instead of lugging around a big camera. And the majority of people take their phones everywhere, so why wouldn’t you use your mobile phone for photography?
I guess I could be wrong, and there could be a change in technology that will sweep the DSLR world and cause everyone to throw aside their mobile phone cameras and go back to digital cameras. And if that happens, I’ll take a picture of my very surprised face. With my mobile phone of course.